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Results from round 38:

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Roma secure Europe on last matchday

Despite the high hopes due to Jose Mourinho’s arrival, Roma’s domestic campaign was similar to last year’s, securing a place in the top seven with a 3-0 win over Torino. 

Two goals by Tammy Abraham, after two awful Torino errors, which also led to a penalty, set Roma. Lorenzo Pellegrini scored another penalty late on, as Ivan Juric’s side were soundly beaten. 

Ahead of the Conference League final, Roma are at least sure they will be in a European competition for the ninth consecutive season after five winless games. 

Genoa fail to score on Serie A farewell

As the worst attack of the league, with just 27 goals scored, of which only eight in the last 20, Genoa abandoned the Serie A with a 1-0 defeat against Bologna. 

It culminated a miserable season which the Grifone spent for the majority in the relegation zone, rarely showing signs of staying up. 

Bologna won and ended the season in 12th place, fielding several youngsters thanks to a goal from Musa Barrow. 

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Fiorentina beat Juventus and earn Conference League football

After five seasons, of which the last three spent battling out in the bottom-half, Fiorentina capped off their splendid season to finish seventh. 

La Viola won against a Juventus side which appeared to have dropped in the last games, registering a +22 on last year and earning Conference League football. 

Alfred Duncan and Nico Gonzalez scored one goal per half, as Vincenzo Italiano performed another miracle after that of keeping up Spezia last year. 

Atalanta abandon European football 

Fiorentina’s win meant any result was not enough, but Atalanta finish the season outside of the top seven only for the first time under Gian Piero Gasperini. 

It was disappointing, which says rather a lot about how far la Dea have come under him. Empoli won only their second game of the second-part of the season thanks to Leo Stulac. 

With just 21 points scored after December, Atalanta dropped from third place to eighth against all expectations. 

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The curtain falls with spectacular draw for Lazio and Verona

Between two sides who play exciting football and who both feature in the top five for most goals scored, a high-goalscoring match was inevitable. 

Hellas Verona went up quickly by two goals in search of their points record, with Giovanni Simeone and Kevin Lasagna striking. However, Jovane Cabral and Felipe Anderson equalised before the break. 

Lazio thought they did it when Pedro scored, but Martin Hongla found another goal, which still secured fifth for Lazio and ninth for Verona. 

Napoli cap off a great season filled with regrets

Napoli didn’t start to win the league, but most of their performances hinted they could have done so, was it not for a few howlers. It’s also only the second-ever season Napoli end with the best defence. 

Their 3-0 at Spezia, with goals all in the first-half, once again showed the potential of the Azzurri. Matteo Politano, Piotr Zielinski and Diego Demme scored to lift Napoli to 79 points, seven behind winners Milan. 

The bad not was the interruption due to clashes between the two fanbases, with several allegations made about the motives and what effectively went on. The risk of tough penalties is pending. 

Milan are champions of Italy

The Rossoneri did it, 11 years later. Milan are champions after a sounding 3-0 win over Sassuolo, which completed a dominant performance.

It is a deserved title for the most consistent side of the league, who went up inside the first-half with three Rafael Leao assists, elected best-player of the league. 

Olivier Giroud scored two goals, before Franck Kessie capped off a glorious and long-awaited day in what could be his last Milan appearance.

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Inter get consolation but surrender their crown

A 3-0 win matured in second-half, when all hopes to win the league were already gone, secured three points for Inter. The Nerazzurri finished within two points of the league, meaning they lost it twice in the last three years by two or less points margin. 

There was the return of Joaquin Correa on the scoresheet, after many months, scoring two. Ivan Perisic had also scored the opener, in what could be his last game for Inter. 

Salernitana thrashed, but secure miracle escape

After seven unbeaten matches led to them having the advantage going into the last game of the season, Salernitana needed a final push at home against Udinese. 

However, the Campani conceded three goals inside the first-half, with Gerard Deuolofeu, Ilja Nestorovski and Destiny Udogie netting, before Roberto Pereyra missed a penalty. 

Pereyra redeemed himself with a goal in the second-half, but Cagliari’s result, a draw against Venezia, meant Salernitana were safe despite suffering a humiliating defeat. 

Goalless draw for Cagliari condemns them to relegation

A painful and long 0-0 against bottom of the table Venezia was the final blow for Cagliari, who could have stayed up had they won. 

The Sardinians’ season was disappointing all the way and the last game was no different, with Venezia having the clearer chances and Cagliari not even finding the net once to give themselves hope. 

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